Editor’s note: This story was updated on March 28, 2019, to comply with the Bangor Daily News’ policy to not identify the alleged victims of domestic violence.
BROWNVILLE JUNCTION, Maine — A statewide search for a Guilford man who allegedly abducted his ex-girlfirend at gunpoint Monday morning ended with his capture here that night. Richard Edgar Allard, 25, was charged with kidnapping, burglary, criminal threatening with a firearm and violation of bail conditions, according to Sgt. Robert Young of the Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Department.
Police initiated a statewide search for Allard at about 6 a.m. after he allegedly abducted a woman from an Abbot residence.
She managed to escape from Allard at about 7:30 p.m. and fled to Dover-Foxcroft in her 1993 black Pontiac Grand Am.
Dover-Foxcroft police Sgt. Joel Cyr and Lt. Scott Arno, who were watching for her vehicle, spotted it on Route 16 in Dover-Foxcroft. They stopped the car and found the woman unharmed but extremely upset.
Police found Allard in a railroad substation at about 10:45 p.m. They said he was hiding and armed with a sawed-off 12-gauge shotgun. He did not resist arrest.
The woman moved in with her co-worker in Abbot in mid-October after she and Allard ended a long relationship.
The woman and her coworker’s son were home alone when Allard allegedly broke a glass in a door, entered the building and displayed a gun, according to Sgt. Robert Young of the Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Department. The woman apparently was sleeping when Allard entered the home, and the teenager became aware of the man only when the distraught woman ran into his bedroom screaming, Young said.
Allard remained in the home for more than an hour before forcing the woman to go with him in her vehicle, Young said. What happened to the woman during that time remains unknown, he said.
During the time Allard was in the house, the telephone line was cut, the deputy said.
When the pair left the yard, the child ran across the road to a neighbor and called his mother, who was working in Guilford. She notified police.
The car was sighted by the woman’s brother-in-law, who saw the young woman’s vehicle leave the driveway of a variety store in Glenburn at about 10 a.m. Monday, according to police. The relative reported that the vehicle was southbound.
When Dover-Foxcroft police stopped the Pontiac, the woman told them that Allard had planned to hop a train at Brownville Junction. The young woman managed to escape unharmed in her vehicle when a train arrived.
Local and state police converged on Brownville Junction on Monday night. Police checked the train, which was going to Millinocket, but Allard wasn’t on it.
Police arrested Allard on Jan. 5 for allegedly breaking into the home of the woman’s parents. Police contend that Allard set up a tape recorder on the parents’ telephone line so that he could monitor conversations in the home.
As a result, Allard was charged with invasion of privacy, criminal mischief and burglary. He was released from the Piscataquis County Jail after making bail of $1,000. He also was ordered to have no contact with the woman or her family. No trial date had been set, according to court records.
Allard was arrested again Jan. 11, after giving Christmas presents to a friend to give to the woman. Police say he also allegedly tried to contact her by telephone, leading to a charge of violation of his conditions of release. He made a cash bail of $250 and was released Jan. 12 from the county jail pending a March 9 trial.
Earlier Monday morning, the woman’s coworker said that she had been extremely worried about the woman’s safety. She said, “All anybody can do now is pray.”
“It’s enough for whatever she’s going through right now that it’s going to take her a long time to feel safe again,” the coworker said. “She’d just gotten so that she thought she was safe here.”
The woman’s father said he was notified by a relative about the abduction of his daughter. The father left his Bangor job early Monday and returned home to talk with police about the situation.
According to Sheriff Goggin, wardens from the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife had helped in the search checking out camps in northern Piscataquis County which Allard is believed to have frequented in the past while fishing. Police also had contacted Allard’s friends, relatives and acquaintances to find out what they could about the man.